Depleting Liberia’s Fish Stock: “If You Can’t Help Us Don’t Harm Us”

Dr. Joseph Nimene, Sr. |Globe Afrique |

Despite the quasi-financial compensation Liberia believes it is receiving via aid for training, the fishery accord signed between the Republic of Liberia and the Republic of Senegal does not contribute to any meaningful development in Liberia.

The reason is quite simple – these are commercial enterprises – not development agreements. Hence, this agreement will offer tremendous benefit and support only to the people of Senegal, leaving Liberia, once again, treading in the wrong direction on the food insecurity chain.

Like Liberia, Senegal sits off the west coast of Africa bordering the North Atlantic Ocean. Due to over fishing, the country has depleted its fishing resources and has resulted in fights with Mauritania and neighboring countries for fresh fish.

According to the United Nations, over half of Senegal’s 15 million people are multidimensional poor – a measure of deprivation in health, education and the standard of living. Moreover, as of August 2018, an estimated 751,000 Senegalese faced Crisis (Phase 3) or worse level of acute food insecurity.

The fishery agreement with Liberia was signed on January 22, 2019, at the Senegalese Ministry of Fisheries in Diamniadio, in the presence of Mr. Oumar Gueye and his Liberian counterpart Ms. Emma Metieh Glassco, Liberia’s Director General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority.

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